mm290: Gassing ’bout birds and supermen

MUDGE’S Musings

Quirky things going on out there, folks. None seem expansive enough to go all expansive on you, so we’re going to have another episode of SASB:

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Gassing…

A couple of scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory have, they claim, found a way to turn airborne carbon dioxide back into gasoline.

nytimes

Scientists Would Turn Greenhouse Gas Into Gasoline

By KENNETH CHANG | Published: February 19, 2008

The scientists, F. Jeffrey Martin and William L. Kubic Jr., are proposing a concept, which they have patriotically named Green Freedom, for removing carbon dioxide from the air and turning it back into gasoline.

The idea is simple. Air would be blown over a liquid solution of potassium carbonate, which would absorb the carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide would then be extracted and subjected to chemical reactions that would turn it into fuel: methanol, gasoline or jet fuel.

This process could transform carbon dioxide from an unwanted, climate-changing pollutant into a vast resource for renewable fuels. The closed cycle — equal amounts of carbon dioxide emitted and removed — would mean that cars, trucks and airplanes using the synthetic fuels would no longer be contributing to global warming.

Of course, there’s a hitch, there’s always a hitch.

There is, however, a major caveat that explains why no one has built a carbon-dioxide-to-gasoline factory: it requires a great deal of energy.

Nuclear energy.

[Please click the link below for the complete article — but then please come on back!]

Scientists Would Turn Greenhouse Gas Into Gasoline – New York Times

Now, please don’t get yr (justifiably) humble svt wrong. I’m no knee-jerk anti-nuke guy.

I am happy, though, that the nuclear power plant nearest MUDGEville was closed some years ago (on merit, or lack thereof, not because we didn’t need it).

But, it’s going to be messy. After all, the Greenies’ heads will explode if you show them that the most effective way to eliminate carbon dioxide produced by gasoline powered automobiles is to build a nuclear powered carbon dioxide to gasoline conversion factory.

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…’bout birds…

Next on today’s short list: the Navy’s going to shoot down one of our satellites, perhaps as soon as when you are reading this post, Wednesday 20-February-2008.

nytimes

U.S. to Attempt to Shoot Down Faulty Satellite

By THOM SHANKER | Published: February 15, 2008

WASHINGTON — The military will try to shoot down a crippled spy satellite in the next two weeks, senior officials said Thursday. The officials laid out a high-tech plan to intercept the satellite over the Pacific just before it tumbles uncontrollably to Earth carrying toxic fuel.

President Bush ordered the action to prevent any possible contamination from the hazardous rocket fuel on board, and not out of any concern that parts of the spacecraft might survive and reveal its secrets, the officials said.

The challenging mission to demolish the satellite on the fringes of space will rely on an unforeseen use of ship-based weapons developed to defend against ballistic missile attacks.

They admit it’s challenging. But the Navy is gung ho:

The weapon of choice, after modifications that are under way, is the Standard Missile 3 on Aegis cruisers. The defensive missiles and supporting radar were being modified and tested to shoot down enemy warheads. So the software is being reprogrammed to home in on the radar and other signatures of a large satellite instead of a ballistic missile, officials said.

But, no, it’s not about sending a message to anyone, especially not to any Chinese anyones.

[Please click the link below for the complete article — but then please come on back!]

U.S. to Attempt to Shoot Down Faulty Satellite – New York Times

You may recall that China hasn’t officially admitted, but most certainly did, shoot down a satellite of its own about 13 months ago.

And, oddly enough, China has expressed an opinion about the Navy’s plans.

China Expresses Concern Over U.S. Plan to Shoot Down a Faulty Spy Satellite

By DAVID LAGUE | Published: February 19, 2008

BEIJING — In response to a United States plan to shoot down a malfunctioning spy satellite, China has warned against threats to security in outer space, without mentioning its own successful anti-satellite missile test last year.

The Chinese government also stopped short of linking the planned American strike with Beijing’s repeated calls for a complete ban on space weapons.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Liu Jianchao, said the Chinese government was concerned about the American plan, Xinhua, the state-run news agency, reported late Sunday, noting that the target satellite was loaded with toxic fuel.

[Please click the link below for the complete article — but then please come on back!]

China Expresses Concern Over U.S. Plan to Shoot Down a Faulty Spy Satellite – New York Times

Long years ago, during the heart of the Republican Camelot (the Reagan years), the military’s “Star Wars” anti-missile system was controversial.

Mainly, because it couldn’t be done.

Now the Navy says it’s got the technology to take that crippled bird out of harm’s way.

Forecast for Northeast Illinois tomorrow: blustery, highs 5 to 10°F above zero, sunny yet chance of metallic or toxic gaseous satellite precipitation: percentage not established.

Do they make an umbrella for that?

–Yes, actually, from depleted uranium. They call it a tank.

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… and supermen -er, man

Okay, so I was going for a “it’s a bird, a plane, no it’s Superman” thing; didn’t quite pan out. Close. But, no. Superman?

No, I didn’t mean the comic book character played by George Reeves, or Christopher Reeve.

I’m referring to Michael Bloomberg!

So, here’s what we know so far (hmmm, kind of like a comic book after all…):

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NYC for U.S. President 2008

mm024: Bloomberg?
mm038.1: Jews Sorta Like Bloomberg Even Though…
mm051: Bloomberg.com: Bloomberg’s Money, Visibility…
mm054: Chicago Tribune news: An Idea for Bloomberg
mm057: Bloomberg for President?
mm058: What Kind of President would Michael Bloomberg?
mm064: How to take down plutocrat Michael Bloomberg…
mm066: Michael Bloomberg’s Knightly Ambitions
mm069: The Votes Are In for New York’s Mayor Mike
mm086: Bloomberg Takes School Plan… to Midwest
mm110: Grading Mayoral Control
mm117: The cure for the Electoral College is worse…
mm208: Overdue a Bloomberg post
mm238: Bloomberg’s candidacy — closer to real?
mm248: Political Potpourri
mm254: Bloomberg – just won’t go away…
mm263: This man -so- wants to pull the trigger
mm280: Bloomberg for Vice President? Take 2
mm285: Mayor Mike tells some hard truths

Many folks are still quite revved up about the concept of Michael Bloomberg running for president. And, as we’ve know so much more about who’s in the race, and who’s fallen back, his name still lingers, at least among the dreamers.

This is drawn from a site called Political Lore.

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Is There Still Room for Bloomberg?

February 16th, 2008 Shaun Booth Posted in Shaun Booth, Presidential Candidates, Election 2008 |

There is no doubt that Mayor Michael Bloomberg would be a formidable candidate, however some political pundits are currently making the argument that if the race becomes McCain versus Obama they will win the votes of all independent and moderate voters in the center, leaving no room for Michael Bloomberg independent Presidential run. However as the nation’s economy continues to gain prominence and coverage of the Iraq occupation continues to dwindle, my feeling is that the door remains open for Bloomberg.

Michael Bloomberg, the current Mayor of New York City, earned his wealth by being the founder of the largest financial news outlet in the world, Bloomberg L. P. So while McCain is reading up on the economy while on the campaign trail, and close examination of Obama’s fiscal policy proves it to be simply unaffordable, Bloomberg has been in the thick of the economic world for over 20 years.

We’ve been here folks. He’s not running. He’s not not running.

No, he’s not not not running.

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Is There Still Room for Bloomberg? | PoliticalLore.com

But, we can’t help but stay intrigued by the thought of such an accomplished person getting an international stage for his brains and skills and talent.

It’s it for now. Thanks,

–MUDGE

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One Response to mm290: Gassing ’bout birds and supermen

  1. […] When the plans were announced a week or so ago, we were bemused. […]

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